Brice among volunteers giving help during tax time

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 18, 2001

With the start of each year the dreaded tax season begins. But people more than 60 years old and those with low to middle incomes can get help with their tax forms thanks to volunteers like Bruce W. Brice Sr., who works with the AARP’s Tax-Aide program. &uot;No one’s turned away unless their (tax forms are) so complicated that we’re not trained,&uot; Brice said of the program which provides free tax preparation services.

Brice and other AARP volunteers will help people fill out their tax forms from 1 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday from Feb. 7 to April 11 at the Armstrong Library in Natchez.

Brice said all volunteers are trained and tested annually in how to assist with tax questions, adding that the required test can take as long as 10 hours to complete.

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But the self-professed volunteer looks at that as part of the job.

&uot;I’m a volunteer,&uot; he said. &uot;I like people and I just like to help them.&uot;

The tax aide service helps people find answers to their questions about their taxes such as eligibility for tax credits, Brice said.

Brice, who is also the vice chairman for the state legislative committee of the AARP, has been volunteering with the Tax-Aide program for three years.

&uot;It’s enjoyable and I’ve been doing my own taxes for years,&uot; Brice said. &uot;It just helps your feelings knowing that you’re doing things to help people.&uot;

Brice said he expects the AARP volunteers to have steady business right up to April 11.

&uot;We have a few at the last minute but generally they start to come in pretty quickly,&uot; he said. &uot;We’ll have 10 or 15 the first day.&uot;

Last year the AARP assisted 170 individuals with their taxes.